Type of award


Managing department

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures


The studentship will cover tuition fees up to the Home rate (£4,407 in 2020/21; exact rate for 2021/22 subject to confirmation from UKRI). The University of Manchester is committed to cover the remaining fees should an international student be the successful candidate.

A maintenance grant of £15,283 for the academic year 2020-21 (the level of the grant for 2021-22 and the following years is subject to confirmation from the AHRC).

Specified use

Tuition fees and living expenses

Tenable period

3.5 years

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

There is one studentship available

Funding provider

This award is internal.

AHRC and The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing
  • History

Academic requirements

An undergraduate degree at first/upper second-class level and a Master's degree (completed with an overall average of 65% or higher [merit], with a minimum of 65% in the dissertation; or in its last year with an overall average of 65% or higher [merit] ) in one or more of the following disciplines: English, Women's Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cultural History or cognate subjects related to the project's theme. International students will have to have equivalent classifications.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Other eligibility criteria

Both home and International students are eligible to apply to this scheme.

  • To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or

    • Have settled status, or

    • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or

    • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they will be classed as an International student.

  • For further information on residential eligibility refer to the AHRC webpage:

Application procedure

Applicants should email to the following by 22 nd February, 2021 at 5pm GMT:

Academic CV (max. 2 pages) including two named referees, one of whom should be your most recent academic tutor/supervisor.

  • Copy of first degree and Master's degree transcripts (or anticipated grade if applicable);

  • A sample of your strongest written work (6,000 words maximum);

  • Letter of application (max. 2 pages) outlining your suitability for the studentship and how you would anticipate approaching the research. This should include the research questions that you would focus on and the way in which you would develop them.

If shortlisted, you will be asked to apply formally for a PhD place at the University of Manchester. Instructions will follow.

Closing date

22 Feb 2021

5pm 22 February 2021

Additional information

`We are in no mood', stated the first editorial of British feminist-socialist periodical Red Rag: a Magazine of Liberation (1972-1980), `to wait for socialism to bring us liberation. Red Rag brought together leading post-war feminists and provided cutting-edge analysis of key issues around gender, class and sexuality, but has been overlooked by historians. This fully-funded PhD project, run in collaboration between the University of Manchester and the People's History Museum, seeks to fill that gap using the unique resources of The Labour History Archive and Study Centre (LHASC) at the PHM.

The successful candidate will spend on average four days a month in the PHM. In addition to writing a PhD thesis, they will contribute to cataloguing and promoting the PHM's holdings in feminist history, benefitting from expert training in archival research, digitization, cataloguing and public engagement.


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